A Stress-Free Guide to Better Home Décor
Changing the way your house looks can be overwhelming, both physically and psychologically. You already have some pretty unique pieces, and you start to think of the time, effort, and money it all took to get everything just right.
Most people stick to the same look for ages, purely out of fear. They recognize alterations will shave valuable time from something else. Another jarring thought is cost. That said, your home is where you spend most of your time, and it pays to recreate something you enjoy being around.
So how can you easily change your home décor theme? First, come up with different motifs. These will act as a guideline for what to get rid of, and what you can keep. It will also point out what you need to buy. These individual ideas can be woven into an overall concept and theme, such as boho chic or sultry summer or wolves of winter.
It’s imperative that you don’t go into this gung-ho, to avoid potentially pricy mishaps. Maintaining one theme throughout the whole house will require a different action plan, as opposed to changing each room individually. And doing the whole house in one sitting can leave you over-burdened.
Start by thinking small
Transforming your house doesn’t have to be dramatic or showy. You don’t need to figure out which wall is load-bearing and which one can be knocked down safely. Subtle changes can be just as effective, and some of these items cost less than $100. For instance, you can start by changing the pillows on your living room couch, as a way of adding more color. You can also play around with plants.
As an example, think of geometrical metal plant stands that pair well with long curtains. You can buy two for less than $40. If plants are not your thing, you can start with a paint job. It changes the entire mood of your room, and it’s something you can do yourself. Some people veer toward accent walls to make a statement. Their upside being you can shift your spirits and change your internal ambiance just by turning your chair to face a different wall.
You can also play around with your lighting fixtures. You might increase the amount of illumination or subtly change the room’s overall look. There are a variety of options to suit different décor needs. Try a fetching farmhouse ceiling lamp with a contemporary feel, or Nordic wall sconces made out of wood for a touch of rustic appeal.
Don’t try and do it all at once
Taking on too much responsibility is probably life’s biggest productivity risk because it’s the quickest route to burnout. It’s also the easiest way to plow through your budget, especially when it comes to home décor. The rule of thumb is to always start with larger purchases like furniture. If your décor change is less drastic, meaning you’re not changing your furniture or electrical appliances, begin with more expensive items such as light fixtures, ceramic vases and plates, pottery, and stoneware.
Giving yourself that extra time allows you to find unique pieces and thrift where you can. It also leaves room for your favorite store to stock up on new items that you might like. Since this is a passion project, don’t rush to complete it overnight. If you do, you’ll probably be bored with the result in a few weeks. The more you invest – psychologically, aesthetically, and consciously – the happier you’ll be.
The internet is your friend
Take advantage of social media for ideas, hacks, and interior décor guides. Pinterest – for instance – is a great place for décor concepts. Subscribe to boards that catch your eye, so you can find them more easily in the future. You’ll get notifications when the owner adds anything new. You can also follow a few interior designers on Instagram and Twitter, to find out what the current trends are.
In addition, you can also use social media to find deals and offers on key items. Join a mailing list that sends you different ideas and aggregates sales and promotions. We offer a good selection of tips on our Trajekt Home Facebook and Instagram pages, especially if this is your first rodeo. We keep them simple enough for beginners, and in-depth enough for veteran decorators.
Ask for input
Whether you live alone or with others (family, a roommate, or a pair of iguanas named Pablo and Antonio), it’s always good to ask the opinions of someone whose tastes you trust. If you live with a roommate, for instance, you should definitely ask what they think before you transform the shared space.
Pablo and Antonio might not mind, but Sharon may take offense if she comes home to a whole new set of striped throw pillows. Another reason you should ask for input is that you’re likely to get a useful sounding board for your ideas. They’ll see your vision from a different perspective, so they can help you build it up and make it better.
Get a healthy mix for your ‘advisory panel’, from conservative friends whose perceptions mirror yours, to artistic acquaintances whose eccentric habits charm you. Just don’t ask someone you dislike, because even if their ideas are good, you’ll be biased. And if they approve something you’ve already accepted, they might turn you off it completely.
Create an action plan
Whether this is your first attempt at a décor overhaul or your third mini-remodel in 12 years, a plan will help you get it right. List every step on a separate note card, including activities, purchases, donations, and errands. Write down the little things too, like ‘Call Johnny to help me move the couch.’ He’ll appreciate getting the call in advance rather than – say – two minutes before the furniture truck arrives.
The reason you’re using note cards is so you can easily swap the order of your steps. For instance, painting the walls before buying new couch covers is the ideal way. Starting with the covers increases the risk of ruining your new purchases. For those deeper on the green spectrum, those who prefer to save paper, you can use a PowerPoint deck or magnets on fridge instead of note cards.
You can even use a chalkboard or whiteboard markers. Anything that lets you drag and drop your listings works fine. A plan of action will make things move a lot smoother, which could even shave time off the process. So arrange your list in order of priority, and if you’re getting help, let everyone know their assigned tasks.
After creating a vision board with all your ideas and relevant action points, start with the most important and go from there. Before you know it you will find things looking different. Inspiration and motivation only gets better from there. Have fun and Good luck!